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The King (2005)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 19 May 2006 (UK)
A troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met.

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Elvis
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Scoot
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Deck Officer (as Matthew Buckley)
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Brothel Manager (as Monica Pena)
Veronica Bernal ...
Elvis's Girl
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Mexican Salesman
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Mr. Chopra
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Malerie
Sally Allen ...
PA
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Paul Sandow
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Twyla
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David
Roger Kunshick ...
Young Man with Flower
Ike Reilly ...
Rum Jungle Singer
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Bruno
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A motiveless malignancy? Elvis leaves the Navy and heads for Texas where he contacts his father, whom he's never met, the pastor at a Christian community church. Pastor Dave tells Elvis to stay away and, without telling his family that Elvis is his son from a pre-conversion liaison, tells them to have nothing to do with him. But Elvis has already connected with Malerie, the pastor's 16-year old daughter. Elvis embarks on the seduction of Malerie, while Dave examines his conscience and comes to a new conclusion. Can anyone get right with the Lord? Does the Lord hear? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The devil made me do it.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong sexuality involving a teen, some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£33,213 (UK) (19 May 2006)

Gross:

$281,326 (USA) (18 August 2006)
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Trivia

James Marsh did not know the real age of the actress Pell James, who was playing 17-year-old Malerie Sandow, was until the end of the shoot, when she gave him a Thank You card revealing her true age. Marsh said that it was better that he didn't know as it would have proved a distraction. See more »

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The boom mic is visible When Paul confronts Elvis at Elvis' residence. The boom mic drops into frame for a moment whilst the camera is on Paul. See more »

Soundtracks

Helplessly Hoping
(1969)
Written by Stephen Stills
Gold Hill Music / Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)
Performed by Paul Dano
Produced by Max Avery Lichtenstein
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A valuable little number
31 October 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This film has gained a bit of stick from advance audiences, and the writers faced some hostile questioning following the screening I attended at the London Film Festival. I am frankly bemused as to why. I feel that, at worst, this is a solid and compelling indie flick and, at best, it has some important and lasting points to make about American identity, the nature of sin and the power of faith. My personal opinion is that many of those who see it are offended by either the film's refusal to judge the evil of it's main protagonist (played ever-perfectly by Gael Garcia Bernal), the portrayal of Latino as killer, the perceived failure to criticise the tee-total, creationist excesses of the Bible Belt, or a combination of the above. After all, southern-style Christianity is about as popular as Nazism right now among the arty set. I would prefer to view the film as what it is - an open-ended tragedy refusing to answer its own questions for the audience. I have thought of it frequently in the days since.


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